A Japanese spacecraft's long-awaited Venus campaign is finally about to begin.
One year to the day after lifting off, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 paid its home planet a quick visit for a speed-boost -- taking some photos before continuing its journey.
After five years of soaring around the solar system Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft has performed the necessary maneuver to enter orbit around Venus!
A Japanese spacecraft, which failed to make it into Venus orbit in 2010, is making a return trip to the planet after being stuck in solar orbit and engineers are hopeful it will complete its mission.
Japan on Wednesday successfully launched a probe destined for a distant asteroid on a six-year mission, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet.
Following a successful mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth, Japan is poised to launch a follow-on expedition, with hopes of finding organics.
Three crewmembers of the International Space Station have returned safely to Earth, ending their six-month orbital mission.
Enjoy some of the most inspiring, beautiful and down-right stunning photos from our adventures in space this past week.
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